The cost of our annual summer holiday, along with the cost of most other things, has been going up steadily for some time now. (Featured image by quinn.anya)
Everything from flights to hotels seems to have gone up, but that doesn’t stop us from taking that well-earned break.
But it seems that many holidaymakers are trying to get more for their money when they’re away, by stealing from their hotel room.
Research by myvouchercodes.co.uk has found that more than two thirds of Brits confessed to stealing items from their hotel while they’re away.
While things like toiletries are complimentary, many of us are taking things a little bit further and nabbing anything from towels to picture frames.
The research found that more than a quarter of hotel thieves thought they had paid for the privilege, while 20 per cent take something purely as a souvenir.
A practical 15 per cent said they stole because they needed certain items for their home, while a third nabbed something simply because they thought they’d get away with it.
And it seems they’re right; 79 per cent of light-fingered holidaymakers got away with their crimes scot free!
The most popular items to find their way illegitimately into a hotel guest’s bag are towels and linen, with 68 per cent of hotel thieves helping themselves to these useful items.
A further 57 per cent went for batteries and light bulbs, while 51 per cent treated themselves to food and drink.
But some brazen hotel guests have gone all-out in the past, apparently stealing anything that wasn’t nailed to the floor.
More than a third have taken picture frames, 32 per cent have helped themselves to a room’s artwork, and a very cheeky 27 per cent have even taken the curtains home with them!
“It’s quite surprising to see the amount people can steal from hotels. I can’t quite believe people steal curtains or even kettles from their rooms,” said Mark Pearson, chairman of myvouchercodes.co.uk.